13 Nights on the River to Start June 4th

St. Helens, OR-  June 4th marks the start of the 11th Season of 13 Nights on the River at Columbia Park in St. Helens.

If you haven’t been, your in for a treat. The St. Helens Community Foundation along with sponsors Columbia River PUD, Dyno Nobel, Ace Hardware, Port of St. Helens, Columbia River Funeral & Cremation, & Taylor Resolution Dispute support 13 Nights on the River which coordinates music for the community on Thursday nights along with an open air market.

The Open Air Market has a variety of food, crafts and product vendors starting from 3:00-6:00 PM.  For the adults there is a beer garden.  For the kids, a playground.  For all, live music.

Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 PM Thursdays through Aug. 27th. Admission is free but please donate generously.  You might want to come early as many residents across Columbia County attend, so you might even run into an old friend or two.

Follow 13 Nights on the River on Facebook.

Check out their schedule:



To read more about each band, go to 13 Nights on the River band information.



Walk with a Cop- Collaboration to Support Columbia County

Did you know that you can Walk with a Cop?  St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham and Officer Alex Bubar, Columbia City have joined St. Helens resident, Judy Thompson’s team, called the  Legacy Devers Dynamos.  Together they invite you to join them in the 2015 NAMI Walk on Sunday May 17th.

What is NAMI?  NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, providing support, education, research, and advocacy for individuals, families, and friends of those living with mental illness. The 13th Annual Northwest NAMI Walk is held in Portland.  Every year  representatives from Columbia County have walked to raise awareness about mental health issues.  NAMI holds this event each year to keep NAMI programs and services free of charge for those who need them. More Information on NAMI Walk 2015

For the last four years,  local citizen, Judy Thompson has been walking for Columbia County.  This year her team has raised a little over $7,000.00.  These funds are donated back to local organizations that support mental health awareness such as $500.00 to  Sacagawea Health Center in Feb 2015 to contribute to their  Touch the Heart of a Child” annual fund raiser.   Mental health services for local school children are just one of the many services that Sacagewea Helath Care Center provides .  NAMI Columbia County provided Christmas for Peers of Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) which involved giving out 160 gift cards in Dec 2014. Since 2011. NAMI Columbia County has been assisting with financial resources to help local law enforcement officers attend the Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT).  NAMI of Columbia County helps to make an impact.

Join Judy’s team to continue to do good things for Columbia County.  Judy  hopes to have 100 people walking on her team for Columbia County.   Not able to walk?  You can be a Virtual Walker or donate to a great team.   When you support this effort, you help to  spread the word that mental illness is ok to talk.  You help to share that NAMI is a strong resource in and out of crisis.  There is no fee to register to walk.  Go to team page to join and support Sgt. Graham, Officer Bubar and Judy’s dedicated efforts   http://namiwalks.nami.org/devers15

NAMI of Columbia County is a great example of how collaboration helps to strengthen resources in Columbia County.

St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham, Courtsey of St.Helens Police Department – Facebook Page
NAMI Columbia County Walkers
NAMI Columbia County Walkers
2014 NAMI Columbia County
2014 Columbia County Team, Legacy Devers Dynomos




What’s SHOR?

Have you heard about SHOR (St. Helens Organics Recycling, LLC)?

SHOR held two open houses last week at the St. Helen’s Armory to share information with the public about the proposed St. Helens Organics Recycling facility.  You might be asking yourself what does that mean?  SHOR  seeks to be a leader in environmental sustainability by providing an alternative to sending food scraps to the landfill.   SHOR would use a 100 year old process called anaerobic digestion in a closed facility to produce a methane gas similar to natural gas used to create electricity, energy to run some of the operations at the mill or as a transportation fuel for the trucks that serve the mill.  Not only does this process create a renewable energy but it would also would provide a valuable source of nutrients for local farm and agricultural reuse.

SHOR’s proposed site is to be c0-located on the Cascade Tissue (formly Boise White Paper) Mill site.  SHOR shared that both the residents and businesses will benefit from having a community facility that demonstrates real leadership in environmental sustainability. It will also provide jobs and serve as an anchor to help attract other businesses that value the protection of the environment.  SHOR’s next steps are to apply for permits for a permits from the Department of Environmental Quality which will require a hearing prior to issuance.

If you couldn’t make it to the Open House, please contact Paul Woods, Owner.  He invites the public to contact him for more information on the facility layout, anaerobic digestion and status of the project.  You can go to SHOR INFO or email him at paul@shorinfo.com.

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Paul Woods, Owner, answering questions from local St. Helen’s residents.
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Explanation of A New Green Technology


Summer horse camps for youth beginning in June

Sande School of Horsemanship in Warren is offering summer riding camps for ages 14 and younger beginning in June.
Sande School of Horsemanship in Warren is offering summer riding camps
for ages 14 and younger beginning in June.

WARREN – Sande School of Horsemanship, a non-profit horseback-riding program in Warren, is now accepting registrations for their 2014 summer horse camps.

Summer horse camps focus on riding and care-taking of horses, as well as safe handling skills. Groups are kept small to ensure a high instructor-to-student ratio, which allows for a learning-rich and safe environment.

Participants are divided into two age groups. Children ages 4-7 will meet Wednesdays from June 18 through Aug. 27. Morning and afternoon sessions are available (same lesson plan for each). The cost is $280 for eight sessions, and $35 for each additional session. Single sessions also available for $40.

Children ages 8-14 will meet Thursdays from June 19 through Aug. 28. Morning sessions offered only. The cost is $450 for eight sessions. Single sessions are $65.

Barn staff and volunteers at Sande School of Horsemanship are trained to work with students of all abilities, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities.

To register, visit their website www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, and click on the “Summer Camps” tab. Forms can be downloaded, filled out, and re-submitted by e-mail or U.S. postal mail. A non-refundable deposit is required for all participants to secure a spot.

In addition to summer camps, Sande School of Horsemanship also regularly offers other programs, such as Little Wranglers, Barn Buddy Youth Enrichment, and HorseShare, as well as therapeutic grooming, private riding lessons, and group horsemanship lessons.

Sande School of Horsemanship is located at 33836 Bennett Road in Warren. For more information, visit their website, www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, e-mail info@sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, or call 503-369-3008.

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Gallery: Snowpocalypse Columbia County 2014

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Photo by Krystal Kuckenbaker

It’s not often we get blasted with copious amounts of snow here in Columbia County. Maybe every few years or so, if we’re lucky (or not, depending on your feelings about the white stuff). But, when we do, we really know how to make the best of it. The following gallery is a collection of images submitted by readers of Beyond the Burbs, and others we begged to share their experiences with us through photography. Enjoy the snow, stay warm, and be safe!

*UPDATED Sat, Feb. 8, 2014


Daylight savings, fall reminders, and… a big thank you!

A sign that autumn has returned to Columbia County. Gone is the unusually dry and warm summer that lasted well into October. In it’s place are overcast skies, occasional 12-second sun breaks, and rain boots and umbrellas. This photo shot today from a horse farm in Warren just after a large downpour.

It’s autumn in Oregon. The rain has returned, as has anyones chances for being completely dry again until May. This afternoon the sun had a few successful attempts at breaking through the cloud cover, almost as if it were bidding the folks of Columbia County a pleasant farewell until spring.

Daylight savings time begins at midnight, so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you got to bed. It’s also a good time to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and load them up with fresh batteries if needed. For those of you who host holiday feasts, use the start of fall as an opportunity to go through cooking and baking supplies stored in cupboards and pantries all year to make sure they haven’t expired.

The goal this winter for Beyond the Burbs is to publish as many holiday events as possible offered through December. If you know of any holiday happenings in Columbia County that would be of interest to our community, please feel free to contact us about them.

Beyond the Burbs also has subscribed to receive alerts from several public service agencies so we can efficiently keep our readers updated on school closures, and traffic and weather alerts, as we begin to experience more wintery forecasts. Most of these alerts will be published on our Facebook page. If you haven’t liked us yet, please come find us!

Finally, thank you to all of our readers. We enjoy doing this for you!

Warren horsemanship school hosts benefit on Saturday; proceeds go toward riding programs for disabled and at-risk youth

Stevi Marie
Columbia County musician Stevi Marie and band Jackson Road will perform on Saturday during the Sande School of Horsemanship “Boot Scootin’ Benefit”.
Photo courtesy of www.SteviMarieMusic.com.

WARREN — Sande School of Horsemanship will host their Boot Scootin’ Benefit on Sat, Oct. 5, to raise money for scholarship programs for low-income and disabled students, and to launch a mentorship program that will support at-risk youth in community.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction at Sande Performance Horses at 33836 Bennet Road, Warren. A formal program and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m., along with line dancing lessons at 7:30 p.m., and a barn fire and dance at 8 p.m.

Kassi Euwer, instructor at Sande School of Horsemanship, gives tips to a rider during a group lesson.

Live music will be performed by country artist Stevi Marie and Jackson Road. Line dancing lessons will be given by instructor Rockin’ Rhonda. Western attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $35 a person. Children ages 10 and younger are $25; ages 2 and younger are free. A kids-only horse shoe tournament also will be offered during cocktail hour.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. For online ticket sales, visit the Boot Scootin’ Benefit page at www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, or call Kassi Euwer, 503-369-3008, or e-mail info@sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org.

Sande School of Horsemanship is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.